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[liberationtech] Iran "National Internet" RFP?

Shaddi Hasan shaddi at berkeley.edu
Tue Apr 17 16:06:37 PDT 2012


Thanks Collin! I agree it's highly unlikely Iran's looking to cut
itself off from the Internet, but given elections are coming up in a
year upgrading their censorship equipment now seems plausible.

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Collin Anderson
<collin at averysmallbird.com> wrote:
> Amin,
>
> Here is a link to Fars report on the Request for
> Information: http://www.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=13910127000168
>
> I believe this is the actual
> solicitation: http://www.itrc.ac.ir/itrcfarakhanb.php
>
> Not the behavior of a country that is interested in disconnecting from the
> Internet entirely.
>
> Cordially,
> Collin
>
>
> On Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 2:22 PM, Amin Sabeti <aminsabeti at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> I just read this news in BBC Persian! and I didn't find original news.
>>
>> Amin
>>
>> On 13 April 2012 17:51, Rafal Rohozinski <r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca> wrote:
>>>
>>> I would be interested in seeing this as well.
>>>
>>> The recent press reports around Iran's plans for a national information
>>> network appear to repeat an article that was published last year on a
>>> website in time for the Iranian version of "april fools day".  While it's
>>> reasonably clear that the Iranians have increased their capability to impose
>>> granular filtering on the national Internet, and have made fairly clear
>>> statements about the building of national Internet resources, it appears
>>> highly improbable that they possess  the willingness or the capability to
>>> build a disconnected national intranet.
>>>
>>> That said, if anyone can track down this RFP please post it to the list.
>>>
>>> R
>>>
>>>
>>> On Apr 13, 2012, at 12:12 PM, Shaddi Hasan wrote:
>>>
>>> > Hello,
>>> >
>>> > I've heard that there was a recent Iranian RFP for censorship
>>> > technologies floating around, but I haven't been able to find it
>>> > anywhere. I figured the folks on this list might be able to point me
>>> > in the right direction or be able to confirm that no such thing
>>> > exists.
>>> >
>>> > Feel free to reply off-list...
>>> >
>>> > Thanks in advance,
>>> > Shaddi
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